Jonzip, lead singer and rhythm guitarist with 70’s punk band, The Zips (www.thezips.co.uk), recently struck out on his own, with a foray into the world of Folk/Punk/Protest.
With over forty years of songwriting experience, and armed only with some sharp words and a battered, acoustic guitar. this side-project, has resulted in the release of a solo ep, A Hard Rain At Sunshine Corner, and in January 2020, debut album, Blue Print, both on The Zips’ own label, Tenement Toons.
Four of the songs were recorded with the help of Smiley Barnard and Pablo Cook of the late, Joe Strummer’s band, The Mescaleros, and range from the folky, anti-war ballad, 1919 (Battle of George Square), to the almost world-music flavoured, Left Of Your Rights, via the Bo Diddly-goes-punk of Wrong Door Raid, and the more mainstream, pop-punk of Kill Your Darlings. In this so-called, nanny-state, these songs should surely carry a safety warning – Beware of Eclectic Shock!
To promote the EP, Jonzip embarked on the never-ending hAphAzArd Tour, that has taken in, amongst UK gigs, dates in Estonia, Sweden, Portugal and The States, as well as festival appearances at the Wickerman, Nice N’ Sleazy, and EH16. Dates to promote Blue Print will follow, when lockdown restrictions are lifted, and in typically haphazard fashion!
Jonzip – lend him an ear at your peril, you might not get it back!